Alcatel lifts cover off One Touch Idol Ultra, the new 'world's slimmest phone'

Alcatel lifts cover off One Touch Idol Ultra, the new 'world's slimmest phone'
After introducing the Alcatel One Touch Scribe series for stylus and big screen lovers, Alcatel wanted to also show it can compete in the race for the thinnest device out there and does so with this newly unveiled Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra.

The Idol Ultra grabs the world’s thinnest smartphone title from the BBK Vivo X1 and challenges others to beat it at 6.45mm (0.25 inches). This is ridiculously thin.

The Alcatel OT Idol Ultra however has to make one important tradeoff to achieve that razor sharp profile. It is the 3.5mm jack which is gone on this device. You’d need to purchase a separate microUSB to 3.5mm adapter to hook up your cable audio gear and while we all know that the future is cordless, the present just does not agree with Alcatel’s decision.

Otherwise, the OT Idol Ultra is a pretty capable device with a 720p Super AMOLED, but PenTile screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor of unknown variety, 1 gig of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. On the back there is an 8-megapixel camera, while up front Alcatel uses a 1.3-megapixel shooter for video conferencing.

Also, due to its thinness, the device only has internal storage and 8GB of it with no option to expand with microSD cards.

Sadly, due to its extreme slimness it was not able to get certified for the United States and will only sell in China later on in the year for an off-contract price of $449.

source: Engadget

All images courtesy of Engadget.

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OneTouch Idol Ultra
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh(7h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Thin but with that much projected camera... typically No for me

12. AnTuTu

Posts: 1601; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Come on guys let's appreciate it. Why do you always have to talk crap?

2. Bedz81

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 30, 2012

No SD slot, no 3.5 jack is unthinkable just for a handset that could break if you sit on it! When is the slim war gonna be irrelevant?

11. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Do you sit on your phones often? I can easily avoid that with any phone.

3. MeoCao unregistered

I think the right thickness of a phone is 8-10mm. Any thinner will make the phone difficult to handle.

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I would actually prefer phones aren't under.35" as a minimum. IMO, any smaller is too small to be able to fit enough battery in there.

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This phone is not slim, it's anorexic!

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

no sd card slot,no earphone jack? Who in their right mind would buy this? It might give Apple ideas though and the next iphone might also be sans 3.5 jack meaning an special iJack adapter being introduced.

5. naptown2

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

thin is not in anymore .. but really no sd card and only 8 gigs of memory ...ill pass

7. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Yep. Manufacturer's should ride on other "in" things: -Outrageous CPUs/GPUs -Insane Resolutions -Big Batteries (a few mah please) -expandable storage (not so in, but should be!) -and oh yeah, low price tags!

8. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Point of Diminishing Effect..... Achievement Unlocked!!!

10. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

They will soon be as wide as the SIM cards and they too will be too thick. lol I like it. Just as a casual phone.

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